If you continually miss certain areas of your mouth when you brush and floss, you are providing safe harbors for harmful oral bacteria. Even if you are vigilant with your oral health care routine, you can still suffer the effects of tooth decay and gum disease. With a professional cleaning, we can help to clean out trouble spots, keeping bacteria at bay. In turn, this helps to keep your risk of developing these oral health issues at bay.
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A dental exam is a thorough examination of your mouth that allows us to see any areas that might be cause for concern. Exams are often conducted at the same time as your cleanings and should be done at least twice a year. With an exam, we can assess the overall health of your mouth, and take preventative measures to keep your oral health at optimal performance.
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X-rays have been used for decades as a diagnostic tool in the dental field. Traditional X-rays, however, are not only time consuming, but they also require a significant amount of radiation to take images. Advances in dental technology have made way to a more updated version of X-rays. At National Dental Upper East Side, we take advantage of these advancements and offer digital X-rays.
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Gum disease is a progressive condition. Oral bacteria, which feed on food particles and sugars in your mouth, multiply quickly when not properly removed. They attack your sensitive gum tissue, causing irritation and inflammation. Your gums may bleed when you brush or floss. When your gums are inflamed, the tissue, which otherwise sits snug against your teeth, begins to pull away, creating pockets.
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Dentistry for Kids
Dental visits are important for healthy teeth and gums. This is true not only for adults but for kids as well. However, developing mouths are different from those of adults, and therefore need specialized care. At National Dental Upper East Side, we offer dentistry for kids, helping to ensure a healthy mouth now, and well into adulthood.
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Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is a devastating disease that affects over 40,000 people in the United States every year. Of those 40,000, only about half survive past five years. Oral cancer can strike anywhere in the mouth – the lips, tongue, cheeks, gums, roof, floor or the entrance to the throat. It can affect all the functions of your mouth, such as eating and speaking. If oral cancer goes undetected for too long, there is very little chance for survival.
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